November 5, 2013
Caring Kind Award Recipients
Caring Kind Award
Wendy Kelly & Liz Givens
The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) recognized Liz Givens and Wendy Kelly as some of Nebraska’s most caring hospital workers with the “Caring Kind Employee of the Year” award on Friday, Oct. 25th during the 34th Annual NHA Annual Convention in La Vista, NE.
This prestigious award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with co-workers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities. Hospitals across the state select one Caring Kind recipient from within their respective institutions to be recognized during the NHA Convention.
This year, however, Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital had two recipients.
Liz Givens, Avera Medical Group O’Neill (AMGO) Coding and Billing Clerk, was the 2013 recipient. “Liz Givens is one of the most compassionate, considerate and competent staff members anyone will encounter at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital and Avera Medical Group O’Neill. Throughout her 32 years of service, Liz has always been more than willing to help out in any way she is needed… It is a pleasure working with Liz, and her co-workers love her can-do attitude and commitment.” Said Wendy Kelly, AMGO Coding and Billing Supervisor.
Liz was nominated by Wendy Kelly who was, coincidentally, the nominee last year. Wendy was unable to attend the 2012 convention due to health reasons. She was diagnosed with cancer in August 2012. Thankfully, it is now in remission and Wendy is feeling good, looking great, and was able to formally receive her award this at this year’s luncheon.
Sue Gallagher, Director of Patient Accounts, wrote this in Wendy’s nomination: “Wendy Kelly has been an invaluable member to the health care community in O’Neill for 40 years. Her employment goes back to starting as a registration clerk for one of the original clinics in town. Wendy is always concerned about the best interest of the patient and strives to meet their needs each and every day.”
“The tremendous efforts these individuals put forth enables health care facilities to care for their communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said NHA President, Laura J. Redoutey, FACHE. “Caring Kind recipients unselfishly take on the challenge and responsibility of meeting the needs of patients and delivering exceptional quality health care services every day.”
Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital congratulates both Liz and Wendy and thanks them for the high quality care they deliver daily.